Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3427 Use work to demonstrate your personal qualities Working while in college sends a loud and clear message to recruiters about your work ethic, your ability to multi-task, and your time manage- ment skills. The greater your responsibilities on the job, the greater the indication that you can solve problems, interact with the public, and work as part of a team. Longevity and promotions drive home the message that you are a val- ued contributor. Working as a life guard for three summers looks good. Working as a life guard for two summers and then being promoted to Life Guard Supervisor in your third summer looks even better. Get relevant work experience if possible Review job postings and you’ll see that they often state “1-2 years of work experience preferred (or required).” When you enter the job market, you will be competing with many new college graduates, as well as people already in the work force. As you enter your junior and senior years, actively seek positions in your field of interest. Relevant work is a means of confirming your career choice, and it demonstrates to employers that you have the necessary skills to “hit the ground running.” A position during college in the industry you plan on entering represents the “gold standard” of career preparation. Obtain an internship Internships come in many shapes and sizes. They range from a few hours a week to full-time. They may be month-long projects, or last for a full semester or more. They may be paid or unpaid. Some internship pro- grams require that you receive academic credit—so check with your Aca- demic Counselor about internship courses offered in your department. Be aware that all internships are not created equal. Some organiza- tions offer what they loosely call “internships” as a way to get mundane tasks completed for low or no pay. In order to obtain a valuable work experience, you need to be a wise consumer when searching, applying, and interviewing for internships. Your Career Services office can provide information about reputable internships in your area of interest. Many organizations use their internship programs as a means of screening and preparing students for full-time positions upon graduation. It is common for organizations to offer full-time positions to their most successful interns. Imagine the comfort and relief knowing that you have a full-time position lined up when you graduate!